Miss Geddes Sheet music, fancy dress 1906

Miss GEDDES (attributed to) (decorator)
Sheet music, fancy dress 1906
cotton, metal, paint
(a) 42.5 cm (centre back) 38.0 cm (width) (bodice) (b) 106.0 cm (centre back) 26.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt) (c) 25.5 x 176.8 x 1.0 cm (sash) (d) 13.0 cm (height) 49.0 cm (circumference) (headpiece) (e) 24.0 x 48.0 cm (fan)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of David Syme & Co. Limited, Fellow, 1977

This charming fancy-dress costume was acquired from a private collector. The following information was recorded at the time: ‘This dress was worn to a fancy-dress ball at Mena House, Cairo, in 1907 by a Miss Geddes. The dress is accompanied by three photographs of the owner wearing it and a cutting from the Egyptian Gazette of 20 February 1907 describing the ball’. While the newspaper cutting is now lost, the photograph bears this handwritten annotation: ‘1907, under the orange blossom, Bloemfontein (South Africa)’.


This work in on display in Fashion Detective at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (9 May – 31 August 2014).

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